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Scholar of forced baptisms Marina Caffiero talks about the House of Catechumens and the various groups that were forcibly or voluntarily interned there to be converted to Catholicism. Like ghettos a product of the Papal counter-reformation, the House of Catechumens was created in 1543 and its practices underwent only minor changes until the unification of Italy. Between 1614 and 1797, of 3044 converts, 1958 are Jewish and 1086 Muslim.

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